Croatia to send weapons to Ukraine, provide health care to refugees

The agency, noting that the conflict in Ukraine might affect Croatia through weaker global demand and reduced tourism, expects the Croatian economy to grow at a stable pace in the next two years. [EPA-EFE/ FILIP SINGER]

Croatia will send weapons worth €16.5 million to Ukraine and provide health care to refugees from the country, and the necessary medical assistance to the wounded, Croatia’s defence and health ministers said on Monday.

Croatia has decided to grant Ukraine’s request for weaponry and will send infantry weapons and protective equipment in the amount sufficient for four brigades, Defence Minister Mario Banožić told the press. The value of the weapons is 124 million kuna (€16.5 million).

“We are talking about rifles and machine guns with the calibres requested by the Ukrainian side,” said the minister after the government held a meeting where military aid to Ukraine was discussed.

Croatia will also provide health care for refugees from Ukraine, as well as all necessary medical assistance for the wounded if the need should arise, Health Minister Vili Beroš said on Monday.

Croatia already helped treat the wounded from Ukraine in 2014 during the annexation of Crimea. At the time, Croatia offered help with taking care of 10 wounded persons, and eight of them were treated at Zagreb’s KB Dubrava hospital.

The Croatian ruling coalition and parliamentary opposition parties have taken a united view in condemning the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday.

The opposition in parliament said it backed the government’s measures regarding the Ukraine crisis after a meeting with Plenković.

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